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Temples & Shrines of Emeishan Mountain
There are plenty of historical sites, and a lot of precious cultural relics on tbe mountain, each of which has its own outstanding charactars...

Baoguo Monastery

Baoguo MonasteryThis monastery was built in the 16th century, enlarged in the 17th century by Emperor Kangxi, and rebuilt in recent years. Its 3.5 meter porcelain Buddha, made in 1415, is housed near the Sutra Library. A big bell, also made in the Ming Dynasty with a weight of 12.5 tons, has more than 60,000 characters on it. The sound produced by the bell is so deep that its echo spreads as far as 15 kilometres. To the left of the gate is a rockery for potted miniature trees and rare plants. It is about 63 km from Baoguo Monastery to the peak. The greater part of this distance can be covered by car so that there are only about 11 km to walk.

Buddhist StatusFuhu Temple
Fuhu Temple lies at the foot of the mountain only 1 km west of Baoguo Monastery. It was founded in the Tang era and redesigned in 1651. In the temple, a 6-metre 17-storeyed bronze tower made in the Yuan Dynasty(1271-1368) has some 4,700 engraved Buddhist figurines on it. Visitors will find a guest house and a restaurant there.

Melodious Sound under Double BridgesQingyin Pavilion
Qingyin Ge pavilion is in the middle of an untouched landscape 15 km from Baoguo Temple. Two streams, Bailong Jiang (the White Dragon River), in the west and Heilong Jiang (the Black Dragon River), in the east flow past the pavilion and then converge. Two parallel arched bridges span the streams.

99 Hairpin Bends
The 500-m-long "99 Hairpin Bends" leads from Qingyin Ge towards Hongchun Ping . This path is steep and winding and, therefore, difficult to walk along (cable car available).

Light Rain in Honchunping TerraceHongchun Ping
Hongchun Ping lies 10 km from Qingyin Ge at an elevation of 1,100 m. It was built in the Ming era and restored in 1790. The temple's treasure is a tall, bronze lamp with a diameter of 1m, decorated with over 300 Buddha sculptures, dragons and lotus blossoms.

Nine Olds Cave
Fairy Residence of 9 olds
The Daoist Nine Olds Cave (the Cave of Nine Immortals), was the refuge of nine old men in ancient times, according to a legend.

Xianfeng Temple

Xianfeng Temple at an elevation of 1,700 m dates from 1612. The halls that are open to the public were built during the Qing Dynasty.

Woyun Temple

The Copper Hall with a gold-plated roof in Woyun Temple, built in the Ming Dynasty on the mountain top, is eight metres high, 4.8 metres wide and 4.3 metres deep. The whole body of the hall was made of copper with a gold plated roof inside the hall, there is a five-metre high bronze statue of Samantabhadra mounted on an elophant and 24 bronze Buddhist images. Outside the hall is a bronze tablet, on which 2,564 characters were engraved by calligraphers Wang Xizhi of the Eastern Jin Dynasty(317-420) and Chu Suiliang of the Tang Dynasty(618-907).

Elephant Bathing Pool

The Elephant Pool is a hexagonal, 3-m-deep stone basin about 14 km from Xianfeng Temple. According to one legend the bodhissattva Puxian washed his elephants here whenever he passed by.

Near the Elephant Pool, there is a temple at an elevation of 2,100 m: Chuxi Yan from the Ming era. It consists of only one hall in which three Buddhist sculptures stand: Guanyin, Dizang and Dashi Zhi. There are many monkeys in this region. On mountain slopes, monkeys often come out to "rob" you: they may extend their hands begging for food. If you show your empty hands, they usually let the matter go. But sometimes an insistent monkey will try to seize your coat to make sure you really have nothing to offer.

Golden Summit
Emeishan Mountain The highest part of Emei Shan is the 3077-m-high Golden Summit, also called Qianfo Ding, Thousand Buddha Peak. It is about a two-hour's walk from Elephant Pool and is surrounded by countless peaks. In the east, the glistening waters of the Qingyi, Minjiang and Dadu rivers can be seen.

The special feature of the Golden Peak is 'Buddhist Halo', a natual phenomenon that can be observed several times a month and almost daily in October and November. In the afternoon, the sunbeams break through the cloud cover and build a rainbow in the shape of a closed circle. Whoever looks down from Sheshen Cliff can see his own shadow in the middle of the rainbow. At ancient time, many a Buddhist pilgrim who saw his shadow in this circle of light falsely interpreted it as his having achieved illumination and sprang into the abyss. But now, the one who sees such miraculous scene would be considered as a lucky guy and envied by many people.

Wannian MonasteryWannian Monastery
The temple, 1,043 meters above sea level, was built in the 4th century. It was burned several times in the following centuries. The present brick building was reconstructed in the Ming Dynasty(1368-1644). The Brick Hall, a domed building with small stupas on it, was built of bricks. In the hall is a statue of the Bodhisattva Puxian on a white elephant, 8.5 meters high, cast in copper and bronze. It weight is estimated 62,000 kilograms.